It appears North Allegheny standout quarterback Mack Leftwich will play NCAA Division I-A football after all.
Leftwich accepted a scholarship offer from the new University of Texas at El Paso head football coach Sean Kugler Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.
Kugler, the Steelers offensive line coach, was hired Monday as UTEP's coach.
Leftwich has thrown for more than 3,000 yards this season and helped the Tigers three-peat as WPIAL Champions, and reach the PIAA Class AAAA championship Saturday at Hershey Park Stadium. The Tigers take on Coatesville. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Leftwich has made a verbal commitment earlier this fall to Stephen F. Austin, an NCAA Division I-AA school in Texas. But UTEP is Division I-A.
"I'm going to get a chance to play Division I football, which has been a dream of mine my whole life," Leftwich told the Post Gazette. "Coach Kugler has a lot of confidence in me and one of the first things he did as a coach was offer me a scholarship. That really says something."
Kugler's son, Pat, is a lineman at North Allegheny. He has made a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan, the PG reported.
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